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Defendants Attacked African-American Man at Vancouver Sports Bar

August 25, 2010

Two Vancouver, Washington, men are accused of a racially motivated attack on an African-American man last January in a sports bar in Vancouver. The grand jury returned the indictment last week, charging ZACHARY BECK, 31, and KORY BOYD, 25, both of Vancouver with conspiracy to violate civil rights and interference with a federally protected right. BECK was also charged with witness tampering. Both men were arrested this morning and will make their appearance today at 2:30 in U.S. District Court in Tacoma.

“We will be vigilant in enforcing civil rights protections in all corners of Western Washington,” said United States Attorney Jenny A. Durkan. “I applaud those who stood up to these racial bullies the night of January 7, 2010. Now justice will be served by holding them accountable.”

According to the indictment, on January 7, 2010, BECK approached the bartender at Captain’s Sports Bar in Vancouver, and told the bartender that the lone African-American patron at the bar “had to leave.” BECK and BOYD allegedly stepped outside the bar and discussed with others physically attacking the man. The men used a racial slur to refer to the African-American man in the bar. BECK and BOYD came back inside, BECK approached the African-American man and told him he “needed to leave the bar or there would be a problem.” BECK attempted to hit the man, and BOYD threw a glass bottle at the man, showering him with broken glass. The African-American man and his friends stood up to BECK and BOYD and a third conspirator. When BECK, BOYD and the third man left the bar, the victim and a friend followed alerting police to the location of the defendants. One defendant, who was charged and convicted in state court, attempted to stab the victim. Police arrested that defendant a short distance from the bar. BECK and BOYD were identified through the police investigation. The witness tampering charge stems from BECK’s attempts to get his former girlfriend to provide an alibi for the night of the attack.

If convicted each man faces up to ten years in prison. The charges contained in the indictment are only allegations. A person is presumed innocent unless and until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The case is being investigated by the Vancouver Police Department and the FBI. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Bruce Miyake and U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Trial Attorney Edward Caspar.

For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney’s Office, at (206) 553-4110 or Emily.Langlie@USDOJ.Gov.

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